Originally published in Massage Bodywork magazine, October/November 2000.
Copyright 2003. Associated Bodywork and Massage Professionals. All rights reserved.
Adding more pleasure to your life is just what the doctor ordered. According to Spa (Sept./Oct. 1999) physicians are increasingly giving this advice, encouraging patients to follow artistic interests or travel desires to counter the effects of corporate pressures and family demands. Dr. Richard Lippin of the International Arts-Medicine Association calls them "behavioral prescriptions," noting that pleasure reduces stress and has a significant influence on wellness by providing a "love of life, self-determination and responsibility." So the next time stress hits, reach for the paint brush instead of a pill. Doctor's orders.